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Instagram Apologizes for Censoring Menstruation, Spoken Word Poet Rupi Kaur Celebrates Major Win for Women


Feminist spoken word poet and author of “Milk and Honey” Rupi Kaur caused major waves of change this week when she fought against Instagram for censoring a photo of a woman menstruating — and won. Read More »

Nars Makeup Review: Audacious Lipsticks

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Nars Cosmetics launched a new permanent lipstick line called Audacious, which includes 40 color rich shades that give a creamy finish so your lips can look smoother and fuller. Read More »

How Zayn Malik’s Departure from One Direction Goes Beyond ‘Petty Pop Culture Matters’

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I don’t doubt for a second that Zayn Malik’s bandmates care about him and consider him a brother. But they weren’t clutch, just as many white people tend not to be and it was evident. When he was regularly accused of “pimping Islam” or “plotting jihad," none of them uttered a word of public support. Read More »

Deepika Padukone Opens up About her Battle with Depression on Television

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Deepika Padukone's most recent interview with NDTV is easily the first time a Bollywood actress broke the silence about her struggle with depression on national television. And just as Padukone's interview recently aired, so did Brown Girl writer Subrina Singh's episode on Shades of Shakti, where she spoke about her diagnosis of depression and bipolar disorder. We applaud both just the same, for opening up about a topic very much taboo within the South Asian community. Read More »

Penn Masala’s Latest Bollywood-Rap/Hip-Hop Mashup ‘The Bollywood Breakdown’ is a Must Watch

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Penn Masala is one of the most well-known names when it comes to South Asian a capella. It was founded in 1996 by a group of students at the University of Pennsylvania. Since the release of their must-have-seen viral music video, "Evolution of Bollywood Music," which saw almost 1.5 million views on YouTube, they are back with another hit mashup. Read More »

‘The Mindy Project’ Recap: ‘Confessions of a Catho-holic’ And ‘What to Expect When You’re Expanding’

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If you haven't seen the last two episodes in season three's "The Mindy Project," then you are once again in luck. Here's what happened on the most recent episodes of the hit FOX show, right in time for tonight's season finale, airing at 9:30 p.m. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Paths of Marriage’ by Mala Kumar


The novel is a mixed bag. However, all of the issues tackled by the author are relevant and important, and are addressed with sensitivity . The Paths of Marriage talks of trying to find one's own way, and voice even when it conflicts with the rest of the family and community at large. It also talks of women's support systems and LGBTQ issues within the Indian community, where such issues seldom found open acceptance. Read More »

Mary Ann’s Bicycle Journey Across North America: Part III

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Our cross-country bike travel tour guide, Mary Ann, is back from her six-month journey and is currently acclimating to life in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down and picking the bicyclist's brain about stories from her trip. Read More »

The Journey of Two Rings in the Western-Hindustani Music World

Reena Esmail

In the summer of 1997, my parents took me to New York for a week long vacation. I was fourteen-years-old, and as we came out of the Lincoln Tunnel into midtown Manhattan, I thought, “This is it. I will live here. I will make it happen.” That moment would later create the pathway to an unforgettable journey of fulfilling my dreams and passions. Read More »

Wise Words from One Brown Girl to Another


"You were an outcast on the playground, your big nose couldn’t fit in the games, and your hair was too unruly..." Sounds familiar? Read on for more. Read More »

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